THE WOART WEEKLY!
Here's what you may have missed on the blog and Instagram account this week!
This was a fun week of posts ranging from costume inspired, spiderwebs, monsters and mutations, including two artists that submitted to the open call! I’m throwing in a little self-promotion at the end. I’m very proud of the two-person show I have up right now at Blackbird Gallery, so I hope you don’t mind. I like to keep the blog about others, but the show fit so well into this weeks theme!
Melissa Meier had actually been recommended to me by another artist in the past. Her work is incredible! I loved it and had been saving it for a future post, then to my surprise she sent me a submission for the open call, and of course, it was perfect. If you haven’t yet, and you love textile arts/environmental art, I highly recommend checking her out.
Dara Oshin also sent me this wonderful piece as a submission for the open call. It was her writing that totally won me over. Sometimes it’s just said so elegantly and perfectly right from the artist, who says artists can’t also be poets and writers?!
I have been saving this piece to share for so long!! I first came across her work at the SPRINGBREAK Art Show, and have been a fan since. I was wanting to transition the theme of the posts from a bit darker and more realistic in feel from last week into what next week will be light and fun, and this was the perfect transitional piece!
I was so happy to learn that this piece by Abby was going up in our two-person show, Transmutations, at Blackbird Gallery. She has a series of them, strange, yet alluring combinations of toy figurines and butterflies (which make many appearances in her work.) Other works in the show are very textural paintings, sometimes featuring rather dark and mysterious imagery. I was teasing that we seem to share a palette as each piece just beautifully transitioned together.
And lastly, this series of mind is actually titled after various “seasons.” Many tease that it’s “pumpkin spice” season, buying pumpkin flavored everything. Each piece of the series varies in tone a little and has a secondary title that refers to these made-up seasons. I sometimes ponder if these are created as the real seasons are changing. The works are meant to have a bit of a nostalgic / vintage fabric feel to them for this reason, commenting on consumerism and Climate Change.
Transmutations is on view until November 17th.
219 W 16th Street, NYC
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday open 12-7pm
Tuesday by appointment